How Kids Can Talk to Parents About Depression Treating and Living with Anxiety Addiction and Depression: Treating Co-Occurring Disorders A Navigation Guide to Self-Discovery During Your Addiction Recovery Journey Recognizing and Treating Depression During Pregnancy Marriage and Mental Health: How to Cope When Your Spouse Has Been Diagnosed with Schizophrenia 7 Tips for Creating a Healthy and Positive Work Environment A Healthy Home is a Happy Home: How to Optimize Your Home for Healthy, Stress-free Living Hot off the press new protocol for improving cognitive function and reversing many measurable parameters of  mild cognitive impairment (MCI), the precursor to early dementia and eventually Alzheimer’s, which until now has been considered an irreversible disease.  No drugs have worked.  The “new protocol” (book will be published in the spring, by Dr. Dale Bredesen) states that our brains make amyloid to PROTECT against toxic insults, which are the actual cause of decay of cognitive function.  Dr. Bredesen talks about 3 types of Alzheimer’s, which has been borne out by many meta-analyses. 

ORENDA If you are looking for a good weight loss program, I do recommend ORENDA’s CLEAN/BURN/SHAPE program.  Check it out.  Very high quality, and with enough variety to maintain all necessary nutrients, based on whole foods but adding thermogenic (fat burning) ingredients.  There’s a lot about this program on the ORENDA website. What I want to focus on here is the AWAKEN/CLEANSE/FEED program, which is truly unique and designed to facilitate deep detox.  You get a discount if you buy the whole system, called the ORENDA ULTIMATE PACK. Deep cleaning involves improving immune function. Our immune system is mostly white blood cells, and the lymphatic channels.  White blood cells contain sacks of enzymes, called lysosomes, which break down any “foreign” tissue in the body, including parasites, pathogenic bacteria, viruses, fungal overgrowth, and undigestible food.  About 75% of the burden on our immune system over our lifetime occurs across the “tube” (gastro-intestinal tract).  The other 25% is through the nose and into the lungs. Ideally, we want food digested in the tube only, without involving the immune system. The saliva is...

A study recently published in the journal Arthritis suggests that a plant-based diet may reduce joint pain and improve functional status in osteoarthritis patients.  This six-week, prospective randomized open-label study (n=40) looked at the effects of a whole-foods, plant-based diet as compared with a control omnivorous diet on self-reported symptoms and measures of functional status in patients with osteoarthritis.  Participants in the intervention group were instructed to eliminate dairy, eggs, and meat from their diets, and were encouraged to eat whole, unrefined plant foods, including fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains.  Beneficial clinical results were seen in as little as two weeks after starting the intervention diets.   Clinton CM, O’Brien S, Law J, Renier CM, Wendt MR. Whole-foods, plant-based diet alleviates the symptoms of osteoarthritis. Arthritis. 2015;2015:708152. doi: 10.1155/2015/708152.

Depression and antidepressant use have each been hypothesized to increase breast cancer risk, yet previous studies have not considered these factors together.  A new prospective study, including data from a cohort of 77,482 women enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study, looking at both factors together has found that use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) by women diagnosed with depression may be associated with a small (16%) borderline significant increase in breast cancer risk.  This association held for SSRIs but not for other classes of antidepressants.  The study authors report that while depression itself was not associated with breast cancer risk, a slight increase in risk of developing breast cancer association with SSRI use could not be excluded.   Reeves KW, Okereke O, Qian J, Hankinson SE. Depression and antidepressant use in relation to breast cancer risk in the Nurses Health Study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2015;24(4):761-2. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-15-0107 Please see previous recent posting about PREVENTING breast cancer.

According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society people over age 65 who drink diet soda daily are much more likely to gain abdominal fat

calling all women, young and old, even if you have already suffered breast cancer. You don’t want to get it again, right? Please peruse this website a bit and figure out how to incorporate DAILY breast massage, to simulate lymphatic drainage and avoid “stagnation” (the term for disease in Traditional Chinese Medicine):

So has the US Public Health Service Here is some great information to explain why, and what to do about it: Allergens & Irritants Guide Guide to Common Allergies Skin Allergies I would add to this section that in general I don’t find the skin scratch tests useful for ingested allergens. The very best test to figure out food allergens (not necessarily a full blown anaphylactic reaction, but hives or GI disturbance or even mood changes can be caused by food irritants) is the MRI/LEAP test. Learn more at The Guide to Animal and Insect Allergen-Free Homes Food Allergies and Eczema